Friday, October 30, 2009

Everything will be Hunky Dory.

Yeah- Maybe we're a bunch of clowns over here at the Factory Theater. We certainly like to juggle. As we gear up for load-in, build and tech week for 1985, we've got another show hot on its heels.

Who doesn't like watching TV all day and eating well cooked meals without
lifting a finger? The American dream, right? Well, there's a little work
involved. What with signing the social security checks of the recently deceased,
not to mention the necessary clean-up- you think it's easy? Maybe. Factory
Theater's comic thriller Hunky Dory takes you back to 1975 Haneyville, Texas. A time and place when life was easier, but so was death.

That's right, we do 'em two at a time over at the Factory, and you can too. We've got our fabulous Factory Double Feature Deal that will let you see both shows for one low price. Check it out by clicking here.

So, that's kind of cool, right? We think so. No tricks here, all treats and no @#%!ing rocks.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

We're Grabowskis not Smiths.

Grabowski :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Chicagopedia:

"Grabowski /grah bow ski/n.1.A hardworking, blue-collar, lunch-pail-carrying grunt, as made famous by Mike Ditka before a Bears playoff game. 'There are teams named Smith and teams named Grabowski,' Da Coach said. 'The Rams are the Smiths. We're the Grabowskis.'"

The Factory is a Grabowski theater company, without question. You can decide who the Smiths are.

We're just a few weeks away from the 1985's first preview. Make your reservation soon, or suffer like Phil Simms and the rest.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Starting Steps

The first show of Factory Theater's 2010 season will be Hey! Dancin'! by Kirk Pynchon and Mike Beyer. Upon first reading, this play felt like a hilariously twisted take on Disney's High School Musical if it was set in 1986. There's much more to it, as will be seen (and heard) this weekend. On Sunday, the play will get its first reading for the ensemble to chew on. I expect ideas to fly and my perspectives to change after the reading and discussions. These are the first steps in the process; I'm excited to hear the collective ensemble gears turn as we develop this show.

Two ensemble members will be doing something different for the Hey! Dancin'! production crew. The sparkling Sarah Rose Graber will be directing a Factory show for the first time, and I will be producing a Factory show for the first time. We are neither of us green in these capacities, but this is our first time doing these jobs in the Factory uniform. We are wonderfully supported by a sturdy ensemble. I am pleased to put on this particular hat for the company and I'm eager to see what devious plans Sarah Rose has in store.

In the meantime, keep a lookout for 1985 updates. I expect DJ Chas to share more goodies as the November 6 previews rapidly approach. Bear down!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Official 1985 Poster Unveiled

Design By: Tom Donalek. Click on Poster for larger view. Actual Poster is obviously crisp and clear, but you get the idea.

Bear Down!